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Low-skilled jobs at highest risk of automation says Office of National Statistics

Inside an empty restaurant

Although this may initially appear foreboding for some, the disruption in the jobs market due to automation may present new opportunities in the future for today's low-skilled workers.

Monday, 25th March, 2019 6:39pm

By Sally Perry

Cowes Enterprise develop cutting-edge curriculum to help pupils win jobs in maritime sector

Pupils having training

The new curriculum will include boat-building, including specifications and designing prototypes; navigation electronics; celestial navigation; tides; admiralty chart conventions; shipping forecasts; practical boat-handling skills; and attending Cowes Regatta to celebrate the production of boats.

Monday, 25th March, 2019 6:32pm

By Yasmin

Umbrella Tree insurance in place for takeover by community

gathering at the umbrella tree

The £10m public liability insurance is in place and the 'Friends of the Umbrella Tree Ltd' has been officially formed. The Friends are now waiting for the Isle of Wight council to respond.

Monday, 25th March, 2019 3:57pm

By Bev Webster with one comment

Isle of Wight hospital admissions of young people for substance misuse jumps a third

Ecstasy pills and powder - By tanj

The number of hospital admissions of young people for alcohol abuse only rose by one in 2018-19, but substance misuse rose by a third.

Monday, 25th March, 2019 2:42pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Naked dining comes to the Isle of Wight

zona naturista

Would you be prepared to strip off and experience naked dining in what's described as "a safe, friendly environment"? OnTheWight has details of what's on offer.

Monday, 25th March, 2019 12:47pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Visit Isle of Wight warns against scammers this holiday season

Koala Cottage Godshill

Isle of Wight tourism businesses are being warned to be vigilant after Island accommodation providers were targeted by scammers.

Monday, 25th March, 2019 12:11pm

By Simon Clark

No main Isle of Wight Pride event for 2019

iw pride samba band

The announcement was made following Saturday's AGM. Other events will take place throughout the year building towards a main Pride event in 2020. Cllr Love addresses the homophobic comments made on social media.

Monday, 25th March, 2019 8:13am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Islanders marched for over five hours in the ‘Put It To The People’ march

Islanders for Europe on people's vote march

Over 100 Islanders watched the front of the march set off at midday, and they were still marching through central London at 5pm. Report, photos and video within.

Monday, 25th March, 2019 7:35am

By Vix Lowthion with 4 readers' comments

Police appeal after Isle of Wight motorcyclist left with life-threatening injuries


Police are still carrying out enquiries to establish if any other vehicles were involved, or whether this was a single vehicle collision. Please get in touch if you know anything that could help.

Monday, 25th March, 2019 7:17am

By Hampshire Constabulary

‘Dream – believe – achieve’ says 12-year-old Islander with Olympic dressage aspirations

Charlie Adkins riding Henry

Twelve-year-old Charlie Adkins has been involved with horses since the age of two and hopes to one day compete in the Olympics - in the meantime, he's picking up awards and accolades left, right and centre.

Sunday, 24th March, 2019 1:31pm

By Sally Perry

New micro brewery plans for Sandown get government cash boost

man walking through a microbrewery with barrels

A good chunk of government funding is now making its way to the Isle of Wight to kick-start a new micro brewery.

Saturday, 23rd March, 2019 12:01am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Rare sightings of Great Spotted Cuckoo in Ventnor

twitchers in Bonchurch by Sally Phillips

Usually resident in African countries and the Mediterranean, the Great Spotted Cuckoo has been seen in Ventnor.

Friday, 22nd March, 2019 6:57pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments